Category Archives: Apostates

“Je suis Charlie” – Why events in Paris should be a wake-up call for Jehovah’s Witnesses
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I was in Zurich making my way home from a series of Jehovah’s Witness-related gatherings in Europe when I first heard news of the terrible events in Paris on January 7th. On that awful day masked gunmen burst into the … Continue reading

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Why I can no longer support aggressive forms of activism against Jehovah’s Witnesses
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I can vaguely remember the last time I encountered “apostates” during my years as an active Witness. I recall they made their presence known at a summer convention. Whatever message they wished to convey seems to have been smothered by … Continue reading

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Watchtower’s advice on mental health: A tale of two religions
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In 2011, Watchtower published a study article in which God was referred to as “the Great Physician.” The magazine gave advice to avoid contact with Jehovah’s Witnesses who had peacefully defected from their faith. These protestors were “diagnosed” (by a … Continue reading

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The Cedars Challenge: How to bring down JWsurvey
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It’s been nearly three years since JWsurvey was launched and we began posting blog articles on JW-related subjects. In that period we have been beset by more than our fair share of Watchtower defenders and apologists, who have shown great … Continue reading

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Former Witnesses come together to mark Watchtower Victims Memorial Day
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Have you ever seen someone who has been victimized and then gets blamed for it? Perhaps as a current or former Jehovah’s Witness you have experienced this firsthand. Have you ever wondered why people blame victims for suffering they obviously … Continue reading

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Two days after the memorial – Apostates reveal the secret of happiness
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This Spring saw a concerted effort on the part of Jehovah’s Witnesses to invite as many as possible to their memorial gathering on April 14, 2014. One article in the Kingdom Ministry (a newsletter circulated among the Witnesses) even tried … Continue reading

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Watchtower continues assault on ‘devious’ and ‘hypocritical’ former believers
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The latest Watchtower launches yet another scathing attack on ‘apostates’, namely any current or former Witnesses who disagree with the organization’s teachings. The July 15, 2014 issue brands any who deviate from official dogma as “devious,” “hypocritical” and “divisive,” not … Continue reading

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What can we all do to help?
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It’s only through happenstance that I came to be an admin here at JWsurvey, but it was an opportunity I was happy to accept, because I love helping the cause. One of my duties is sorting any contact emails that … Continue reading

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My 21st Century Apostasy Trial
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I received the phone call on Friday night. I was expecting it. My mother-in-law had been approached at the kingdom hall by my “coordinator” (chairman of the local elders), who told her he would be phoning me. She could tell … Continue reading

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“JW Defense” YouTube channel takes aim at apostates
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Few people would envision that an organization with 8 million publicity agents in 230+ lands, a zero-tolerance approach to dissenters, and a recent windfall of 1 Billion dollars from property sales, is in need of a defender on YouTube. And … Continue reading

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“The carnage will be earthwide” – new Watchtower describes fate of unbelievers
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The latest February 15th Study Edition of the Watchtower is now available for download on JW.org – but one gruesome paragraph in particular will stand out for thinking Witnesses. In the study article entitled “Hail Christ, the Glorious King!” one … Continue reading

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The Story of Cedars – A Prisoner No More
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After running JWsurvey for more than two years, the time has finally come to share my story. Why has it taken so long? Because when I first set up this website I was still technically a Witness – constantly in … Continue reading

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Disfellowshipping and shunning – a not so loving arrangement

The hurtful practice of disfellowshipping (or shunning) engaged in by Jehovah’s Witnesses has been defended by apologists as a loving and righteous arrangement approved by God Himself. It is interesting to note that many times when arguing against the Trinity … Continue reading

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